Long County went into the game against Metter High School Thursday knowing the Blue Tide were out of playoff contention.
Playing at home, the Tigers were looking to secure the No. 2 spot in the 2-AA Region standings. On paper, Metter was the stronger team. But they were playing on grass as Long County pulled out a 3-2 upset.
The game was a defensive battle, tied at 1-1 for eight innings. In the top of the ninth, Tristan Goodro crushed a homerun to put the Blue Tide on top, and then Long County added another run and held the home team.
Long County ace Phillip Swindell got the start and went the full nine innings, shutting down Tiger batters. He allowed four hits, walked five, and one earned run. He struck out six.
Long’s leading were Goodro, 2 for 4, and Matt Strickland, 2 for 5. Also getting hits were Cole Ray, Trae Davis, Austin Mills and Swindell.
Coach Tyler Rogers said his entire team performed well, but Goodro and Swindell stood out.
“Phillip Swindell had a gutsy performance on the mound for us, while Tristan Goodro came in clutch with a solo homerun in the top of the ninth to give us the edge,” Rogers said.
With the win, Long County improved to 13-12 overall and 8-9 in the region. Metter fell to 15-6 overall and 12-4 in the region. Friday, Long County had its final game of the season. A story on that game will be in this Wednesday’s paper.